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/ Oct 8, 2007

Ferrer downs Gasquet to win Japan Open final

Top-seeded David Ferrer of Spain coasted to a 6-1, 6-2 win over third-seeded Richard Gasquet of France on Sunday to win the Japan Open. Ferrer was in control from the outset at Ariake Colosseum, breaking Gasquet in the first game of a match that lasted ...

/ Oct 7, 2007

Defiant Razzano rallies to pull upset

France's Virginie Razzano rallied from a set down and defied match points against her to defeat top-seeded Venus Williams 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-4 and win the Japan Open. In the men's bracket, top-seeded David Ferrer of Spain downed seventh-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 7-6 (3), ...

/ Feb 15, 2007

Lee aims high for Giants

South Korean slugger Lee Seung Yeop is setting his sights high for the 2007 season. After deciding to remain in Japan with the Yomiuri Giants instead of pursuing a career in the U.S. major leagues, Lee is determined to help Japan's most popular team win ...

/ Nov 5, 2006

MLB goes up 2-0 on pair of Howard blasts

Ryan Howard and Tadahito Iguchi gave the MLB All-Stars the best of both worlds. Tadahito Iguchi of the MLB All-Stars rounds first base on his way to a two-run double in the third inning on Saturday night against the NPB All-Stars at Tokyo Dome. KYODO ...

Sep 19, 2005

Capirossi quickest at Motegi

MOTEGI, Ibaraki Pref. -- Pole-sitter Loris Capirossi overtook Italian compatriot Max Biaggi late in the race Sunday to win the MotoGP Grand Prix of Japan. Capirossi, riding a Ducati, beat Biaggi by 1.479 seconds in the 24-lap race on the 4.8-km Motegi circuit for his ...

Jul 12, 2005

IOC decision to drop baseball not welcome news in Japan

Japan did its best to keep baseball in the Olympic program. That made the decision by the International Olympic Committee to drop the sport from the 2012 London Games that much harder to take. Japan sent its top professional players to the Athens Olympics where ...

May 24, 2005

Basketball nomad Bryant's latest stop in Tokyo

Joe Bryant's career as a basketball player and coach has taken him all over the world. Now the father of Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant will add Japan to his list of far-flung destinations. Joe Bryant, the father of NBA star Kobe Bryant, will ...

Can anybody beat Asashoryu?

May 8, 2005

Can anybody beat Asashoryu?

The big question heading into the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament is not if grand champion Asashoryu will win yet another title, but whether the Mongolian grappler will be handed a single loss during the 15-day meet. Asashoryu has lost just one bout out of 30 ...